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Grateful Dead Live at Knickerbocker Arena on 1995-06-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Knickerbocker Arena on 1995-06-21

Topics Live concert

Hell In A Bucket, Loser, Take Me To The River, Row Jimmy, Broken Arrow, Promised Land (~50 Mins.) Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Women Are Smarter, It's All Too Much, Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Space-> Easy Answers-> Morning Dew, E: U.S. Blues (~95 Mins.)

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Knickerbocker Arena
Location Albany, NY

Source Audience: Nakamichi 300's w/CP-4 caps
Lineage Nakamichi 300's w/CP-4 caps > Sony TCD-D7 (Oade Mod) > Tascam DA-20mkII > SBLive! (48-44.1) > CD Wave > mkwACT > SHN
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Reviewer: zzzboxofrainzzz - - September 18, 2015
Subject: like much of 95 it has its moments
The look Jerry gives at the end of Morning Dew sums it up...... he gave the best he had to give. Classic Dew? Not really. Stellar for the condition he was in at this point of his fatal decline. Definitely. Soaking with emotion? How much we'll never know. For a man that was struggling to do what once was second nature, it was tough to watch. But even on his worst day, he gave all he had. R.I.P. Jerry. Millions miss you more than words can tell
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2015
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Reviewer: Wang Dong - favorite - January 11, 2015
Subject: Even More Pigshit!
I love how all the neo-deadheads call this a great/good show. They got on the bus late (so did I), but they wanna feel like they "captured the magic" of the dead. These posers are total hosers eh. This show is shit. This 2nd set is a strong contender for worst live performance of all time. Not just the worst dead show ever, but worst live performance of all time by anyone person, or any one band, at any one given time of all time, ever before!!!
Just listen to the scarlet "jam". It's pathetic. I have no idea what Garcia is doing and neither does the band. The FOTM "jam" is the same. And it doesn't improve.
These show is so pathetic that if I were there, and close enough to the stage, I would have pulled down my pants, squatted down, takin' a big 'ole shit, reached down and picked up that shit with my bare hands, and threw it at the stage!
Another 5 turd performance for the 5 turd year of 1995
Reviewer: Let's All Be Cheerful - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2014
Subject: Not bad
Nice recording, first set has good energy -- HIAB is a firecracker. Second set has some moments but the band's chemistry on the longer jams was virtually shot by this point. Take Me To The River and It's All Too Much are forgettable -- not a surprise since covers were never their strong point. Yes, it's a '95, but it's damn near 5/8/77 compared to some of the funerals on this tour (4/4/95 in Birmingham -- dear god).
Reviewer: Let's All Be Cheerful - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2014
Subject: Not bad
Nice recording, first set has good energy -- HIAB is a firecracker. Second set has some moments but the band's chemistry on the longer jams was virtually shot by this point. Take Me To The River and Tomorrow Never Knows are forgettable -- not a surprise since covers were never their strong point. Yes, it's a '95, but it's damn near 5/8/77 compared to some of the funerals on this tour (4/4/95 in Birmingham -- dear god).
Reviewer: jgb1995 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2012
Subject: Guess it does matter anyway !!!
I've seen many Grateful Dead shows from 78 to 95.Hundreds of them!!! I'd like to focus on on the fact that 1995 had some really mindblowing moments. Incredible versions of Visions of Johanna .... Aiko Aiko at the Spectrum .... The breakout of Unbroken Chain at the Spectrum .... So Many Roads from that last show and many many more. Add to that list this Morning Dew. This solid version goes to the next level 3/4 thru the song and makes it (in my opinion) one of the best Morning Dews ever performed. I put it right up there with the Dew at the Cow Palace on New Years of 76. Garcia hits it hard and doesnt stop. The crowd is in a state of total disbelief at the return of one of the greatest guitarist on the planet. Where Garcia summoned the strength to pull this off I'll never know but WOW !!! listen and enjoy. This is the Grateful Dead !!!!
Reviewer: tjvhaiko - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2012
Subject: reviewing dead shows
I always sort of thought the 5 star rating system here (as it applies to Dead shows) "should" be about rating the sound quality of the recording only. Let me explain why I cannot accept it any other way. I used to feel the way "some" do with regard to whether I thought a GD show was great, or not, but NEVER did any of them suck. I toured from 4/15/83 to this, my last GD show in 95', and I can tell you EVERY show had great memories beyond whether the band was on their game, or off. In hindsight I wish EVERYONE who loves this music would have been able to see the GD live, and in person. I guarantee someone who was too young at the time would walk through fire to relive what some of us took for granted back then. More than one review of this show leans towards the band being "off". Of course I've (most all of us) always felt most Grateful Dead songs are about much more than words, and music... They encompass emotion. We all know Jerry was struggling at times, and that it sometimes dragged the rest of the boys down with him in these later years, but all was NOT lost on these occasions. Take people comparing the same song from two different shows, and "deciding" which ONE was "better", that is ARGUABLY MISSING THE POINT. Sure a 90' soundboard will probably find itself in my car stereo more often than a 95' audience recording, to be sure. That said, sometimes Jerry's struggles led to some of the most heartfelt interpretations by Jerry, and the boys of these songs we all know, and love that I have EVER heard. I think in Jerry's later years some of the "more mellow" songs he sang were EMOTIONALLY CHARGED because his vocals were a testament to the struggles he faced offstage that sadly lent a musical credibility unmatched before, or since. If you attended a Dead show and thought it was a bad experience simply because Jerry did not have the vocals you expected from your "In The Dark" CD, then you weren't there for the right reason. Thank God that it's possible to relive the MOST emotionally "charged" version of Morning Dew I have EVER heard in my entire life, and for that alone this show gets my 5 stars.
Reviewer: Let's All Be Cheerful - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2011
Subject: Saved by the Dew
I have been to one boxing match in my life -- Muhammad Ali v. Earnie Shavers at MSG (not sure of the date but it was after he won the title from Foreman, and maybe after Frazier in Manila). Ali was in decline by that point; Shavers was a slow but very powerful fighter whom Ali would have beaten easily 10 years prior.

Shavers was doing pretty well, and Ali looked pretty old, until the final 30 seconds of the 15th round. Out of nowhere, all of Ali's hand speed and boxing skills returned at once -- Shavers didn't know what hit him. It was Ali's last great moment as a fighter.

So with the closing section of this final Dew.
Reviewer: naturalfractal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2011
Subject: intense moments
last dew and jerry sings "it does matter" at the end and i find that moment extremely intense and special on many levels. shows from 95 are so emotionally heavy at times
Reviewer: hongdaesoo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 20, 2011
Subject: 95 the grateful dead
Jerry will be missed forever.....i have and will not see a band that embrassed me like the Dead did........I MISS YOU GRATEFUL DEAD.....with love and kindness.....jerry lives on
Reviewer: weir1965 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2009
To think that this man would be DEAD in less than 2 months and still played in front of crowds anywhere from 20 to 50 thousand people is INCREDIBLE.
The Scarlet - Fire was SMOKIN and the Dew was SPECTACULAR. Think about it - DEAD in less than 2 months and a review of SMOKIN and SPECTACULAR.
I'm not a sicko fan who cant give a bad review but Jerry Garcia still gave us his all. And if your all fucked up on drugs and close to death your best isnt gonna be anyehere near 100%.
I love Jerry Garcia and the GD and appreciated and cherished 1995. Especially the Giants Stadium show with the Wharfrat everybody goes on about.It was my last show with Jerry and I'll always remember it.
Reviewer: tudor141 - favorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: Really Bad Show...
...Sorry, but this was clearly NOT their best night.
Reviewer: mcg2012 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2007
Subject: Drippin' @ the Knick
It's funny to me how critical deadheads can be. The reviews of this show seem to span the full spectrum. In my case, the Knick was probably the smallest venue I ever saw the dead play in, so immediately there was an intimacy that simply didn't exist @ huge stadiums. Both nights @ the Knick were a real pleasure for me. In this case it must be noted (as many have) the morning dew. As Jerry ripped into it, the acid was flowing at full strength, goose bumps shot up all over my body and the entire venue kind of morphed into this magical space. My girlfriend and I had moved up some rows due to some weird dudes that decided to stand in our row right in front of us, too much acid made it hard for us speak to ask them to scoot, so we scooted... As morning dew was carrying us up into the stratosphere, a lovely young lady next to us passed over a loaded glass pipe of some piney biscuits, which after ignited emitted the most immense orange fractal light distortions. With one, two and three deep exhalations, my eyes began to water, the acid took a deep rush to my head space and jerry's sweet sweet sounds lifted & carried me off. For all the intensely critical heads, you might remember one or two times in your life having a similar experience @ a show...? So loosen up.. the dead never meant for their music to be so clearly defined, right from wrong etc...
Sadly, I only started seeing shows in '92. I wasn't at the Capital Theater in '78. But I can say, there were moments where they did that thing, that magical thing, and this is one of them - with or without the acid & piney biscuits!
Reviewer: Trevor tnt Toll - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2007
Subject: morning dew
great time and not a bad show. these shows were nice and not too bad. The experience was always a top notch party.Can we say that the music never stopped and we would still be at the shows waiting 4 that glimpse of magic.
Reviewer: notgnimer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2007
Subject: Solid Show!
I found this to be a quality show. Great recording, great set lists. There may have been issues at the show (if you were there) but they do not show up on this.
Reviewer: Morning Stew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2007
Subject: Bathed in the Dew
Sure, not a very good show, even by 1995 standards. But golly gee wiz holy crap wowers is this Dew a kicker. Not only the last "Dew" ever, but one of the better ones EVER. Yes, I said that. This one just builds and builds and the crowd (me included) was roaring and about to burst. Then is goes supernova and Jerry belts out the closing line with his hands hanging limp at his sides, totally spent. Sad now that we know what happened a couple of months later. But he threw all of himself into this one.

Rest of the show was uneven and plagued with audio difficulties. I seem to remember that I couldn't even hear Jerry's guitar until "Row Jimmy." The following night was a much better show, all around, but you can't beat this "Dew." Put on the 'phones and crank this one up.
Reviewer: Gardenhead - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2007
Subject: late to show...
not a review really:

i have been late to two shows in my life....

this was the first - i missed the loser and came in during take me to the river - i wanted to kill the people that held me up and was very depressed.

i just listened to it for the first time...and it is beautiful.

we camped in about four locations the night before the thrown out of each place by the cops...settling finally on a spot under the railroad tracks in renneslear (spelling?) anyway, we wake up to a sound at our feet: this homeless guy watching us sleep with a knife in his hands, basically i thought i was about to become the subject of a future america's most wanted episode. he goes, 'hey folks, i am just watching out for yez - there's alot of crazies around here that would slit your easy i'll keep you safe."

true story.

oh...the other show i was late too was the first night dylan played keyboard and opened with solid rock, the song i had been waiting to hear for about 10 years, in seattle.
Reviewer: knickarena#1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2006
Subject: it DOES indeed!
I always had these experiences where I saw shows, felt/saw/heard things, and upon hearing the tapes(tapes?!?) those certain things were often times just sensory hallucinations!I thought i heard them do things, say different lyrics, or play lines that I just completely missed. Thats why I've loved collecting shows that I saw, I learned a new perspective. When I was at this show, that same thing kinda happened-I was enjoying myself at this show in my hometown,3rd section back on phil's side.Morning dew comes along, blows my socks off all the way through, then at the end, I thought I heard jerry say "....I guess it does matter anyway..." I got so teary and emotional that I didn't stay for the encore- considering that this was a tough time for me,the scene, and what I saw as a hard time for Jerry,I wanted nothing to taint that moment. I left, went home and sat on the couch with some friends and knew that was my last show- i just felt some curtain came down.So, when I first heard this show, right after jerry died,i realized that he did play the shit out of this one, and he did say what I heard, I just had the best feeling, like the curtain opened again.Thanks to archive for bringing this stuff to us-this site is the best cure for a bad day!
Reviewer: grateful kev - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2006
Subject: good show at the knick for 1995
me and a friend drove from delaware for this show.
albany ny was a very kind place and deadheads seemed
to take over the town. had alot of fun up there and the concert
for 1995 was pretty good ...... check out am dew
Reviewer: Monadnock - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2006
Subject: Not the best, but ok for 95
After Highgate, this show was a refreshing improvement. It was odd to be indoors during the summer tour, but the venue was excellent and the vibes were good. I finally noticed Jerry hanging out on the stage ten minutes after the set break was indeed strange. Later during the break, the woman next to me inquired if I thought they might open the set with Scarlet->Fire. Knowing the setlists of the past few shows I responded that it was very likely. After the band broke into Scarlet she embraced me and danced off into the crowd.

The highlight of the show is, of course, the stellar final Morning Dew. Without that, it would have been a 2 star show.
Reviewer: MikesGroover - favoritefavorite - April 7, 2006
Subject: "Guess it DOES matter anyway..."
After repeated listenings, I'm convinced this is what Jerry sings in the final line of the final Dew. Heavy.

The rest of the show is barely respectable '95, if that tells you anything.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favorite - February 24, 2006
Subject: man oh man
Still laughing from Old School jersey's "easy Answers" story.

I started listening to this show and i signed for a package at the door and i came back and the first set was over. I think there was a first set. Wouldn't know it by the 35 mins of slop. People i'm trying to get into these 95's but man it's brutal.
Reviewer: Oh My Dearest - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2006
Subject: morning dew.
I was at this show. This show is not particularly good but it does have some moments. In particular deadheads who like to hear good moments from the later years should at least stream the morning dew from this show. Its a nice and patient version with a really wonderful lick by Garcia during the climax. Its not the ususal flurry of notes but rather this really powerful building melody he constructs while the bands going hard. Also the following night was a better show especially the So Many Roads which I guarantee will be one of the longest and most unique renderings you'll hear.
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2006
Subject: 06-21-1995
It's funny how many equipment problems a band like the Dead seemed to have...particularly Garcia, the lead guitarist for cry eye...Anyhew, Morning Dew is the best part of this's a good enough version to almost have you forgetting about the rest of show...whixh is a good thing...3 tops, cause it's a good quality recording...overall performance is a 2.5...
Reviewer: deadahead2002 - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2006
Subject: im into it
I for one would encourage all to listen to this show if only for the scarlet>fire transition which has about 2 minutes of the best musical space the dead ever drop into.even in jerrys ill state, the musical effects on all of the equip is captured nicely on this one.yes, there are more than a few flubbed lyrics, and dropped notes.but this really makes me rememeber why i became so fascinated by the amount of different places their music can take you.have fun.
Reviewer: flashgordon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2005
Subject: One of the better '95 shows
I, too, was at this show and I must say, in stark contrast to others' views, it seems, I thought this was one of the better shows of the year. Jerry's concern about his equipment was actually an indicator that he REALLY WANTED TO SOUND GOOD this night. He was really into this show--much more than on most occasions in '95--and he played really well. This is a very good Row Jimmy, for example, and an excellent Scarlet>Fire.
Reviewer: OldSchoolJersey - favoritefavorite - February 23, 2005
Subject: Average At Best
Pleasure to see Supplication -- Scarlet was almost good.

Funny thing at this show: I'm behind the stage...some hippie behind me starts screaming and cursing at Bobby at the top of his lungs to "don't you play Easy Answers you motherfu***r!" as Bobby begins the song. Funny.
Reviewer: Dicky79 - favorite - October 15, 2004
Subject: CAN'T DECIDE?
If this was the worst Grateful Dead show I ever saw, or if the OTHER night of these two was the worst Grateful Dead show I ever saw.

AWFUL. Don't even waste your time reading my review. I left this show and sold all my tickets for the rest of the tour. Yes, seriously.

This was my last show, out of nearly 400.

1 star because there is no option for NONE.
Reviewer: JP Dead - favorite - August 19, 2004
Subject: Low Light of all the Knick Runs
Sorry Folks. My fingers can barely right this, but let's be honest. This show sucked. I was there with my wife and a couple of my friends close enought to the stage to see what was going on. Jerry had problems with his equipment all night, and he sounded terrible. He threw his guitar at the end of the first set. The reason he was standing at the equipment stack was because he was reading the riot act to the tech. I distinctly remember looking at my wife and saying "something is really wrong here. He doesn't look like he's going to make it". Botton line: he was pissed and performance showed. Everyone has bad days.

The next night things were back to normal They rocked and looked like they'd go forever. Skip this one and DL the 22nd.
Reviewer: JP Dead - favorite - August 19, 2004
Subject: Low Light of all the Knick Runs
Sorry Folks. My fingers can barely right this, but let's be honest. This show sucked. I was there with my wife and a couple of my friends close enought to the stage to see what was going on. Jerry had problems with his equipment all night, and he sounded terrible. He threw his guitar at the end of the first set. The reason he was standing at the equipment stack was because he was reading the riot act to the tech. I distinctly remember looking at my wife and saying "something is really wrong here. He doesn't look like he's going to make it". Botton line: he was pissed and performance showed. Everyone has bad days.

The next night things were back to normal They rocked and looked like they'd go forever. Skip this one and DL the 22nd.
Reviewer: zerobeat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2004
Subject: newbie
I was 14 when Jerry died, and shied away from the music since it became trendy shortly after his passing. In 1999 I purchased two sets of Dick's Picks and was immediately hooked. As of this time, I only have 12 live performances in the rack, so I am unable to give a definitive review. However, as has been noted, the sound quality of the .shn files is exceptionally good; flat through the range, muscular low end, highs sail through.

I have really enjoyed listening to this show...Best performance of 'Row Jimmy' that I have encountered thus far. Is that Phil singing 'Broken Arrow'? Also, who was playing keyboards for The Dead at this time? I know Keith Godcheaux has assumed the role, as well as Brent Mydland and Bruce Hornsby...

All the best,
Reviewer: mountainview - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2004
Subject: Lights on in the funhouse...
Jerry stood onstage for about 20 minutes between sets just playing with his guitar rig. It was very strange to just see him stand there
with his back to the crowd, noodling for that period of time. People were puzzled by his presence. It was like turning the lights on in the fun house. I think the band dug Albany alot and these last 2 were definately proof of it. 6/21, My last show, wonderful but, shaky sets, flubbed Scarlet verses and all... goes to show, you don't ever know... this night will live in my heart forever.

Revision - 7/11 - Imercator,
poor you... 1/2 a day downloading, I feel for you
brother. This is an AMAZING way to get shows for free and quality issues or not, everyone in the scene never imagined a vehicle like this ten years ago. When we all dealt with cassettes, bad gens, waiting for trades, cut songs, $25 Dick's Picks, blah blah... A long download on .50 cent cdrs, + for free, you're not out too much.
Enjoy the music, forgive the hassle. The Dead are the Dead, good or bad. Your .02 and mine. Peace....
Reviewer: Imercator - favorite - July 8, 2004
Subject: Disappointing show
I downloaded this after reading the other reviews, and was looking very much forward to hearing it, but I have to say I was very disappointed. This is NOT a good show at all. Below average '95 show with Jerry on poor form all night. Don't get me wrong, I am usually the most forgiving listener when '95 shows are concerned but this is probably one of the worst I have heard, to the point it brought me down. The recording is good sound quality indeed for an AUD, but the performance leaves a lot to be desired, even for this late date. Approach with caution!

Please people, rate these shows on how the recordings sound, rather than on how good a time you had at them. Otherwise you get folks like me wasting half a day downloading something they didn't really want to hear.
Reviewer: J. Jonah Jameson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2004
Subject: Exceptional Dew
A good-sounding AUD recording, nice definition on the low-end (Phil). The performance of Morning Dew is magnificent, Jerry really pours his heart out. Maybe he knew it was his last? At least, he played as if it was. In fact, for 95, Jerry's pretty good. He has more energy here than you hear on a lot of 95 stuff. This gets 4 stars for the awesome Dew and overall quality of recording. Oh, and Jerry *almost* makes it through U.S. Blues without blowing all the words, so you know it ain't too bad. I would say U.S. Blues and Bertha are two songs that I always say, "Why even play it if you're going to blow the words EVERY time?"
Reviewer: doses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2004
Why the Knick inspired the dead is mysterious but it DID ! Dozin at the nick, the 1992 shows, which were really good, with a scarlet>fire that is seriously incredible and these shows. I LOVE THE GRATEFUL DEAD
Reviewer: VTgreen13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2004
Subject: Albany
THE LAST of the Good Ol' Grateful Dead. This show is unbelievably good for being so close to the end. The first set is incredibly solid and tight,every song played with precision and feeling.As for the Morning Dew, well they just blow the roof off the place. You gotta hear it. This show is a knockout considering the sloppiness of 1995. The last of what made The Dead what they were.
Reviewer: thecat18 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2004
Subject: Great Morning Dew
What a great show especially the final solo & "it doesn't matter" line at the end what a great climax to the end of the song. This was the very last Dew ever.
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